The oldest Japanese whisky in history, Yamazaki-55 Year was auctioned off for HK$6,200,000 at Bonhams Fine & Rare Wine and Whisky Sale in Hong Kong this past weekend, setting a new world auction record for a bottle of Japanese whisky.
The amount was more than 10 times the pre-sale estimate of HK$580,000–780,000. It also far exceeded previous records set respectively in March 2020 for GBP363,000 (about RM2 million), and in May 2019 for NT$13,512,500 (about RM1.9 million).
The single-malt blockbuster was distilled in the 1960s and produced in 100 limited edition bottles. It was freshly released this June by Suntory through a customer lottery system applicable only to residents in Japan.